Mandatory CPD checking for Engineering Council Registrants

Carrying out regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is recommended for all IFE members; however, those who are also registered with the Engineering Council (EngC) are obliged to undertake CPD as part of the registration agreement. Each year, all Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), including the IFE, are required by the Engineering Council to select a random sample of their EngC registrants’ CPD.

The 2020 random CPD sampling process is underway, and those selected have now been contacted and asked to send in their CPD record for the last year. The CPD submissions must demonstrate that skills are being kept current and that CPD activity is relevant to fire engineering.

Commitment to CPD not only demonstrates that you maintain your professionalism but helps to maintain the reputation of the fire and engineering profession, something which is of vital importance in today’s current climate.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering – Opportunities for IFE Members and Engineers

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers – the Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy harnesses their experience and expertise to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession. If you would like to keep up to date with any of the areas described here, simply register on the Academy’s website at and sign up for updates under “My Account – Contact Preferences Section”.



The Academy undertakes a range of activities to ensure that engineering is at the heart of policy-making, providing authoritative, impartial advice and expertise. It brings together leading engineers from across all disciplines to work together on issues of national and global importance. It sets the agenda for education and diversity in UK engineering and technology and advocates for the need to plug the engineering skills gap. The Academy also leads the National Engineering Policy Centre, an ambitious partnership between all 38 engineering organisations in the UK, including the IFE!

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Transport SIG Trip to Liverpool Street

David Spaughton of the Transport SIG arranged a second visit to Liverpool Street Crossrail on 3rd October 2019 for interested colleagues to see the progress made to date.

The group were very impressed with the size, scope and architectural features seen. Dave also explained the workings of all the fire safety systems during the tour.

If you’d like to be a part of the Transport SIG click here.

Royal Academy of Engineering Launches New Policy Centre

The National Engineering Policy Centre has been launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering aimed at driving engineering’s dialogue with government.

Good decisions on grand-scale, transformative projects such as these cannot be made in isolation by government. The engineering community has a desire to help the UK thrive, and by sharing their expertise they can support policy makers to make informed decisions about the future.

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BS 7974 launch event

A launch event to celebrate the revised BS 7974 Fire Safety Engineering Series takes place on 4th April from 10:30 am at Bloomsbury, London.

This event will provide a framework for an engineering approach to the fire safety of buildings. BS 7974 gives recommendations and guidance on applying scientific and engineering principles to the protection of people, property and the environment from fire. Key speakers for this event include Dr Peter Wilkinson, Dr Danny Hopkin, Dr Roger Harrison, Mr Dave Berry, Dr David Purser, Mr Nigel Hiorns.

To register your free place click here. Please note that the places are limited.

Meet the IFE’s newest Special Interest Group

The Fixed Firefighting System (FFS) Special Interest Group (SIG) was founded by Simon Bird EngD MEng CEng MIET MIFireE during 2018, the IFE’s centenary year.

The SIG was established to provide a focus for IFE activities in relation to FFS, to raise awareness of issue affecting FFS and to identify research and guidance relating to the sector.

The sector faces many complex issues. In some areas, the technology used in the sector is mature and enjoys the performance and reliability benefits of over 100 years of standardisation, certification, lessons learned and refinement. In other areas, new technologies emerge, either seeking to ape the success of the more mature technologies and/or as genuinely promising innovations and developments of the technology.

There is an ongoing need to keep pace with technological developments and uphold levels of performance to the desired level. There is also a need to educate users and specifiers on the potentially great disparities in the technical area currently.

Simon has produced the SIG’s first newsletter introducing the group, its ambitions, case studies and how to get involved. Download the newsletter here or to get involved with SIG contact

Successful IFE Engineering Council peer reviewing and interviewing training day

The IFE held a successful Engineering Council (EngC) Peer Reviewing and Interviewing training day on 6 December, organised by the IFE’s EngC team. This annual training event provides current IFE Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) registrants the opportunity to learn about the reviewing and interviewing process for CEng applications, with a focus on developing future IFE reviewers.

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